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Come Follow Me 2020: Alma 43-52
For the Blessings of Liberty, by Scott M. Snow. Image via ChurchofJesusChrist.org
For the Blessings of Liberty, by Scott M. Snow. Image via ChurchofJesusChrist.org

Scripture Block

Alma 43–52

August 3–9. “Stand Fast in the Faith of Christ”

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Reading Plan

Structure your personal scripture study by following a multimedia, day by day plan. Each day's assignment includes the required scripture passages from the Come Follow Me curriculum, as well as suggestions for additional resources to bring context and understanding to your study. If you are looking to dive deep into your study, skip down to "Additional Resources" for a selected bibliography of articles, books, and chapters on Alma 43–52.

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Additional Resources (Bibliography)

War Chapters

Book of Mormon Central. “Why are There So Many War Chapters in the Book of Mormon? (Alma 49:9).” KnoWhy 157 (August 3, 2016).

Book of Mormon Central. “What Was One of the Main Causes of Warfare in the Book of Mormon? (Alma 2:2).” KnoWhy 523 (July 5, 2019).

Book of Mormon Central. “How Can the Book of Mormon Provide Peace and Meaning to Those in Military Service? (Alma 43:47).” KnoWhy 496 (January 1, 2019).

Deane, Morgan. “Experiencing Battle in the Book of Mormon.” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 23 (2017): 237–252.

Hamblin, William J. “Warfare in the Book of Mormon.” In Rediscovering the Book of Mormon, 241–248. Provo, UT: FARMS, 1991.

Honey, David B. “Paradigms and Pitfalls of Approach to Warfare in the Book of Mormon.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 3, no. 1 (1991): 118–140.

Jenkins, Ryan. “’Peaceable Followers of Christ’ in Days of War and Contention.” Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 10, no. 3 (2009): 87–102.

Marsh, David Brent. “Peace Through Christ: The Book of Mormon's Divine Perspective on War.” In The Fulness of the Gospel: Foundational Teachings from the Book of Mormon, edited by Camille Fronk Olson, Brian M. Hauglid, Patty Smith and Thomas A. Wayment, 246–259. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2003.

McClendon, Richard. “Captain Moroni's Wartime Strategies: An Application for the Spiritual Battles of Our Day.” Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 3, no. 3 (2002): 99–114.

Phillips, R. Douglas, “Why is so much of the Book of Mormon given over to military accounts? Do we know why this material is supposed to be important to us?” Ensign (January 1978)

Ricks, Stephen D. and William J. Hamblin. Warfare in the Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book and FARMS, 1990.

Weiland, Kurt. “Stephen D. Ricks, and William J. Hamblin, eds,. Warfare in the Book of Mormon.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 3, no. 1 (1991): 141–146.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Wars in the Book of Mormon.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 136.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Number of Months Involving Nephite Military Actions.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 141.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Data on Wars Involving the Nephites.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 137.

Alma 43

McClendon, Richard. “Captain Moroni's Wartime Strategies: An Application for the Spiritual Battles of Our Day.” Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 3, no. 3 (2002): 99–114.

McMurtry, Benjamin. “The Amlicites and Amalekites: Are They the Same People?” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 25 (2017): 269–281.

Valleta, Thomas R. “The Captain and the Covenant.” In The Book of Mormon: Alma, The Testimony of the Word, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 223–248. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1992.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Comparison of European and Mayan Armor.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 140.

Alma 43:17

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Was Moroni’s Young Age an Advantage? (Alma 43:17).” KnoWhy 151 (July 26, 2016).

Alma 43:47

Book of Mormon Central. “How Can the Book of Mormon Provide Peace and Meaning to Those in Military Service?” (Alma 43:47).” KnoWhy 496 (January 1, 2019).

Alma 44

Lewis, Dallin. “Finding the Prince of Peace in the War Chapters: An Analysis of Alma 44.” In The 2007 Brigham Young University Religious Education Student Symposium, 121–129. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 2007.

McClendon, Richard. “Captain Moroni's Wartime Strategies: An Application for the Spiritual Battles of Our Day.” Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 3, no. 3 (2002): 99–114.

Valleta, Thomas R. “The Captain and the Covenant.” In The Book of Mormon: Alma, The Testimony of the Word, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 223–248. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1992.

Alma 44:6

Roper, Matthew. “Moses, Captain Moroni, and Amalekites.” Insights: A Window on the Ancient World 32, no. 4 (2012): 1, 8.

Alma 44:8

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Would Zerahemnah Not Swear an Oath to Moroni? (Alma 44:8).” KnoWhy 152 (Jul 27, 2016).

Alma 44:14–18

Bowen, Matthew L. “The Scalp of Your Head: Polysemy in Alma 44:14–18.” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 20 (2016): 39–45.

Alma 45

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Alma as High Priest: Years 9–19 of the Reign of the Judges.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 35.

Alma 45:18–20

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Who Kept the Records in the Book of Mormon? (By Lineages).” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 17.

Alma 45:23

Book of Mormon Central. “How Did Seeking a King Get in the Way of Sustaining a Prophet? (Alma 45:23).” KnoWhy 153 (July 28, 2016).

Alma 46

Benson, RoseAnn. “The Title of Liberty and Ancient Prophecy.” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 23 (2017): 299–307.

Hull, Kerry. “War Banners: A Mesoamerican Context for the Title of Liberty.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 24 (2015): 84–118.

Alma 46:21–23

Parry, Donald W. “Symbolic Action as Prophetic Curse.” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon, edited by John W. Welch, 206–208. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: FARMS/Deseret Book, 1992.

Ricks, Stephen D. “’Holy War’ in the Book of Mormon and the Ancient Near East.” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon, edited by John W. Welch, 202–205. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: FARMS/Deseret Book, 1992.

Roper, Matthew. “Joseph’s Coat and Moroni’s Covenant of Liberty.” Insights: A Window on the Ancient World 22, no. 10 (2002): 2.

Szink, Terrence L. “An Oath of Allegiance in the Book of Mormon.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon. Edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin. Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book and FARMS, 1990.

Valleta, Thomas R. “The Captain and the Covenant.” In The Book of Mormon: Alma, The Testimony of the Word, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 223–248. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1992.

Alma 46:23–24

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Did Moroni Quote the Patriarch Jacob about a Piece of Joseph’s Coat? (Alma 46:24).” KnoWhy 154 (July 29, 2016).

Bokovoy, David E., and John A. Tvedtnes. “A Remnant of Joseph.” In Testaments: Links between the Book of Mormon and the Hebrew Bible, 181–183. Toelle, UT: Heritage Press, 2003.

Tvedtnes, John A. “The Remnant of Joseph.” Insights: A Window on the Ancient World 20, no. 8 (2000): 2.

Alma 47

McClendon, Richard. “Captain Moroni's Wartime Strategies: An Application for the Spiritual Battles of Our Day.” Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 3, no. 3 (2002): 99–114.

Valleta, Thomas R. “The Captain and the Covenant.” In The Book of Mormon: Alma, The Testimony of the Word, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 223–248. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1992.

Alma 48

McClendon, Richard. “Captain Moroni's Wartime Strategies: An Application for the Spiritual Battles of Our Day.” Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 3, no. 3 (2002): 99–114.

Valleta, Thomas R. “The Captain and the Covenant.” In The Book of Mormon: Alma, The Testimony of the Word, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 223–248. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1992.

Alma 48:10

Book of Mormon Central. “How Did Democracy Help the Nephites Conquer Their Enemies? (Alma 48:10).” KnoWhy 156 (August 2, 2016).

Alma 48:17

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Did Mormon See Captain Moroni as a Hero? (Alma 48:17).” KnoWhy 155 (August 1, 2016).

Alma 49

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “References to Nephite Fortifications Recorded in the Book of Mormon.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 142.

Alma 49:9

Book of Mormon Central. “Why are There So Many War Chapters in the Book of Mormon? (Alma 49:9).” KnoWhy 157 (August 3, 2016).

Alma 49:13

Sorenson, John L. Fortifications in the Book of Mormon and in Mesoamerica. Provo, UT: FARMS, 1989.

Alma 50

Andersen, Joe V., and Ted Dee Stoddard. Interpreting “Mormon’s Geographical Map” via Alma 22:27–35 and Alma 50:1–36., 2015.

Alma 50:1–11

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “References to Nephite Fortifications Recorded in the Book of Mormon.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 142.

Alma 50:4

Bokovoy, David E., and John A. Tvedtnes. “Cities and Lands in the Book of Mormon.” In Testaments: Links between the Book of Mormon and the Hebrew Bible, 184–188. Toelle, UT: Heritage Press, 2003.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “The Nephite Judges.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 33.

Alma 50:6

Book of Mormon Central. “What Was the Nature of Nephite Fortifications? (Alma 50:6).” KnoWhy 158 (August 4, 2016).

Alma 50:14

Bokovoy, David E., and John A. Tvedtnes. “Cities and Lands in the Book of Mormon.” In Testaments: Links between the Book of Mormon and the Hebrew Bible, 184–188. Toelle, UT: Heritage Press, 2003.

Tvedtnes, John A. “Cities and Lands in the Book of Mormon.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by John W. Welch and Melvin J. Thorne, 164–168. Provo, UT: FARMS, 1999.

Alma 50:30–31

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Women in the Book of Mormon.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 108.

Alma 50:37

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Nephihah as Chief Judge: Years 9–24 of the Reign of the Judges.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 36.

Alma 50:40

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Pahoran as Chief Judge: Years 25–39 of the Reign of the Judges.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 37.

Alma 51

Andersen, Joe V. Book of Mormon Objective Geographic Standard No. 2: Relationships of City Bountiful, Mulek, the East Sea, and Zarahemla., 2015.

Alma 51:3

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Would Pahoran Not Allow the Law to Be Amended? (Alma 51:3).” KnoWhy 159 (August 5, 2016).

Alma 51:17

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Did Moroni Speak of Pulling Down Pride? (Alma 51:17).” KnoWhy 430 (May 3, 2018).

Alma 51:19

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Legal Cases and Procedures in the Book of Mormon.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 121.

Alma 51:37

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Did Teancum Slay Amalickiah on New Year’s Eve? (Alma 51:37).” KnoWhy 160 (August 8, 2016).

Alma 52

Andersen, Joe V. Book of Mormon Objective Geographic Standard No. 2: Relationships of City Bountiful, Mulek, the East Sea, and Zarahemla., 2015.

Alma 52:1

Christenson, Allen J. “Maya Harvest Festivals and the Book of Mormon: Annual FARMS Lecture.” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 3, no. 1 (1991): 1–31.

Merrill, A. Brent. “Nephite Captains and Armies.” In Warfare in the Book of Mormon. Edited by Stephen D. Ricks and William J. Hamblin. Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book and FARMS, 1990.

Smith, Robert F., and Stephen D. Ricks. “New Year's Celebrations.” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon, edited by John W. Welch, 209–211. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: FARMS/Deseret Book, 1992.